Breathing – a totally under-appreciated exercise. I, who value the glutes more than almost any other muscle group in the body, value the respiratory muscles even more. It may be why I say “BREATHE” more often than any other word in almost every training session I conduct and is often right before I say “activate your glutes.” I will bet that most of you do not even think about breathing as an exercise for your muscles. Maybe you do not think about breathing at all. Good thing it is an involuntary exercise for most of you.
Your respiratory muscles include your sternocleidomastoid, scalenes, internal and external intercostals, diaphragm, and your abdominals. See http://www.ptdirect.com/training-design/anatomy-and-physiology/pulmonary-ventilation-breathing for a visual of these muscles. Then do some voluntary controlled breathing exercises for a sensation of them. One exercise I have begun using myself (and with some of my clients) is what I call “four square.” It involves inhaling deeply for a count of 4, holding that breath in for a count of four, exhaling slowing for a count of 4 and holding the exhale. In this exercise, you may notice the diaphragm and abdominals become more active. I also encourage you to recognize the stability of your torso when you hold the breath. Now make note of what happens to the structure when you release the breath. Does it collapse? Next, work to maintain a strong and stable structure when you exhale. How does it make you feel?
BREATHING EXERCISES – do them everywhere and anywhere.
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